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Remembering Harvey – Harvey Milk: May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978

Remembering Harvey

You gotta give them hope,”

Harvey Milk was an awkward man who refused to hide the fact that he was gay.

Born in New York, Harvey Milk moved to San Francisco when he was 40 years old and quickly became a community activist. He dubbed himself the “Mayor of Castro Street,” 

At that time homophobia ran rampant in the streets of San Francisco.  Bar raids and gay bashing by police in the gay community of the Castro was a common event but Harvey fought back for his community.

Harvey then entered politics and won a long-fought election to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977 on his third attempt.  But it was a short-lived victory.

In 1978,  Proposition 6 – also known as the Briggs Initiative –  a ballot measure which was backed by singer Anita Bryant  sought to expel gay and lesbian teachers from California schools.  Harvey Milk fought tooth and nail  and played a key role in defeating the measure.

That same year Dan White another supervisor, assassinated Milk along with Mayor George Moscone at San Francisco City Hall because he disagreed with the gay rights initiatives Milk championed.

Harvey Milk was only 48 at the time of his death.

“Harvey was a lightning rod for the gay-rights movement in that he encouraged lesbians and gays to work with the current political processes and he demanded acknowledgment and respect,” California State Senator Carole Migden, a lesbian and former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, told AFP.

“His election was a huge step forward. He showed that gays deserved a place in the political process, and that if they worked hard for it, they would have it,” she said.

Harvey Milk’s legacy is clearly not confined to the streets of San Francisco. Milk’s ascension shook up the establishment because he proved that the gay rights movement was a very real phenomenon, not just chasing rainbows as some do today and that is something we must always remember.  He delivered bodies to rallies and protests, voters on Election Day, and brought a passion to gay politics and the fight for gay rights, and he also brought  hope where there was little.

For this we must always be grateful and remember.

My one wish will always be that Harvey was here today to lead us today.  We certainly could use him.

Happy Birthday Harvey.  We Miss You

 

Florida’s Gay Adoption Ban Is Finally OVER!! – FUCK YOU ANITA BRYANT!

It may have taken 33 years.  But Florida’s Gay Adoption Ban and Anita Bryant’s hateful legacy is finally over.

The Florida Gay Adoption Ban has stood in place since 1977 thanks to Anita Bryant the original Christomaniac who for decades fought against gay rights in any form.Yesterday that all came to an end as Florida’s Department of Children and Families announced that it would not appeal the overturn of the state’s ban on gay adoption finally ending Bryant’s and Florida’s long standing legacy of gay hate.

The Florida Department of Children and Families announced Tuesday evening that the state agency would not appeal the September decision by the 3rd District Court of Appeals. ‘We had weighed an appeal to the Florida Supreme Court to achieve an ultimate certainty and finality for all parties,’ said Joe Follick, the department’s communications director. ‘But the depth, clarity and unanimity of the DCA opinion — and that of Miami-Dade Judge Cindy Lederman’s original circuit court decision — has made it evident that an appeal would have a less than limited chance of a different outcome.’ The appeals court opinion lifted a three-decade ban making adoption possible for gay men and lesbians in Florida statewide.”

The only way the case can stay stays alive now is if Attorney General Bill McCollum separately decides to appeal to the Supreme Court to keep the ban in place. He would have to do so without the support of the child welfare agency, which is changing its forms so adoptive parents aren’t asked if they’re gay…McCollum’s office said he isn’t sure how he will proceed, but his lawyers will talk with DCF’s lawyers before a final decision is made.

On the heels of this announcement yesterday a DCF directive sent to department heads statewide that reads:

“Based on the ruling that the current law is unconstitutional, you are no longer to ask prospective adoptive parents whether they are heterosexual, gay or lesbian, nor are you to use this as a factor in determining the suitability of applicants to adopt. Focus your attention on the quality of parenting that prospective adoptive parents would provide, and their commitment to and love for our children”

Which is the way it always should have been to begin with.  I only wish that Harvey could be here to see this.

The Bitch Is Back! – Anita Bryant The Original Queer Hating Anti-Gay Crusader Claws Her Way Out Of Her Crypt To Ressurect Her Gay Hating Legacy.

It’s been almost 35 years since Anita Bryant an American singer, former beauty queen, star,  and pitchwoman for companies like Coke and Florida Orange Juice  started her venomous ‘Save Our Children’ campaign against homosexuals in Dade County, Florida that spread throughout the nation and led to an upswing in violent attacks, including murder, against gays and resulted in numerous cities denying or retracting civil rights for LGBT’s

In 1977 Bryant said:

“What these people really want, hidden behind obscure legal phrases, is the legal right to propose to our children that theirs is an acceptable alternate way of life. I will lead such a crusade to stop it as this country has not seen before.  As a mother, I know that homosexuals cannot biologically reproduce children; therefore, they must recruit our children” and “If gays are granted rights, next we’ll have to give rights to prostitutes and to people who sleep with St. Bernards and to nail biters.” She also added that “All America and all the world will hear what the people have said, and with God’s continued help we will prevail in our fight to repeal similar laws throughout the nation

On June 7, 1977, Bryant’s campaign led to a repeal of the anti-discrimination ordinance by a margin of 69 to 31 percent.  The gay community retaliated against Bryant by organizing a boycott on orange juice. Gay bars all over North America took screwdrivers off their drink menus and replaced them with the “Anita Bryant”, which was made with vodka and apple juice. Sales and proceeds went to gay civil rights activists to help fund their fight against Bryant and her campaign.

Bryant led several more campaigns around the country to repeal local anti-discrimination ordinances including St. Paul, Minnesota; Wichita, Kansas; and Eugene, Oregon. Her success led to an effort to pass the Briggs Initiative in California which would have made pro- or neutral statements regarding homosexuals or homosexuality by any public school employee cause for dismissal. Grass-roots liberal organizations, chiefly in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, sprang up to defeat the initiative.

Anita Bryant’s anti-gay success galvanized the gay community and supporters.. She became one of the first persons to be publicly “pied” as a political act (in her case, on television), in Des Moines in 1977.  Bryant quipped “At least it’s a fruit pie,”  making a pun on the derogatory term for a gay man, “fruit.” While covered in pie, she began to pray to God to forgive the activist before bursting into tears as the cameras kept rolling. Bryant’s husband, after promising not to retaliate, later took another pie and threw it at the LGBT rights protesters that had pied his wife. By this time, gay activists had ensured the boycott on Florida orange juice had become more prominent and it was supported by many celebrities including Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Paul Williams, John Waters, Carroll O’Connor, Mary Tyler Moore and Jane Fonda.

The fallout from the gay communinty and it’s supported ruined her.  Her contract with the Florida Citrus Commission was allowed to lapse in 1979 because of the controversy, Her marriage to her first husband Bob Green failed at that time, and in 1980 she divorced him, citing emotional abusiveness and latent suicidal thoughts.  Eben the fndamentalist audiences and venues shunned her after her divorce. As she was no longer invited to appear at their events, she lost another major source of income. With her four children, she moved from Miami to Selma, Alabama, and later to Atlanta, Georgia.

In the time since Bryant currently has a warrant out for her arrest in Pawnee County, OK where she is wanted on a hot check charge. Pawnee County Misdemeanor case CRM-89-00032, filed on April 10, 1989, alleges that Anita J. Bryant obtained merchandise and/or money by means of a false and bogus check. Information provided by the court clerk matches Bryant’s previous residency in Tennessee. And Bryant and her now second husband Bryant and her husband Charlie Dry have fled three states where they escaped from paying millions of dollars in debts and taxes and  in her wake a number of backup performers, including children, who were left unpaid, homeless, and hungry in Tennessee, Missouri, and Arkansas. They landed in Edmond, Oklahoma where they now reside in a million dollar mansion.

And now smelling the money that the anti-gay groups of today make and launder the bitch is back and will appear at an anti-gay event, anti athiest, anti muslim, event sponsored by “Reclaiming America For Christ” in Oklahoma tomorrow. (Which undoubdted she will get a nice fat check for)

On July 9, 2010 for a patriotic performance in Yukon, OK before an Oklahoma-based group that has become nationally known for its malevolent attacks on gays and whose members include the husband of leading homophobe State Rep. Sally Kern. Bryant’s appearance is part of a two-day conference spanning July 9th and 10th calling for a return to America’s Christian heritage, a crusade against Muslims and gays, and will coincide with the first ever Patriot Pastors Tea Party.

Also speaking at the Okalahoma event will be the infamous David Barton of Wallbuilders who will be appearing as the headliner. Barton is an evanglelist and self-styled American historian that has been exposed numerous times fabricating quotes and then claiming they were made by the Founding Fathers, like George Washington. Barton, a graduate of Oral Roberts University who now resides in Aledo, TX, has previously spoken at two events hosted by Holocaust denier Pete Peters – a Neo-Nazi with the Christian Identity Movement that advocates the murder of gays.  (And for my Cincinnati Area our own anti-gay hate group The Citizens For Community Values and hate monger Phil Burress have serious ties to Barton which includes promoting his tours and having him speak at CCV events and fundraisers.)

So here we are kids almost 35 years later we are being attacked and deviled by the same people, using the same arguments from 35 years ago. 

Just how far have we not come?

After all these years to have our original hate mongers still attacking us mindblowing.  We battled Bryant and her allies once and started to win and then we took a different approach that has obviously led us no where fast.  Its time to go back to our roots and look back at history on how to battle these blood sucking demons who will not let us live in peace until we expose them for what they really are and destroy them.

Stop with the checkbook activism and  being so god dammed politically correct and do something PLEASE?

I’ll pay the fiirst person who picks up Thom L. Higgins legacy and throws the first pie.